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Forum: Diavlog comments 05-18-2009, 10:43 PM
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Posted By Michael J Murray
Re: Science Saturday: God, Religion, and Weeping Statues

Could be, though it is worth pointing out that most of the folks involved in this field are not themselves religious believers, and they take themselves to be carrying out a systematic study of a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-18-2009, 10:37 PM
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Views: 16,318
Posted By Michael J Murray
Re: Science Saturday: God, Religion, and Weeping Statues

Those who think this argument has no merit haven't looked closely enough. I don't think any of these arguments are such that they have to be accepted on pain of irrationality. What I do think is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-18-2009, 10:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,318
Posted By Michael J Murray
Re: Science Saturday: God, Religion, and Weeping Statues

Collins has responded to this in, among other places, my much earlier anthology, Reason for the Hope Within. First, it is surely possible that such a universe could arise "by chance." The problem...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-18-2009, 10:29 PM
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Posted By Michael J Murray
Re: Do Dogs Pray?

Two points quick. First, you lose me at the first inference. I am not a committed dualist so for all I know dogs are immortal in the same way we might be: through acquiring resurrected bodies. ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-18-2009, 10:26 PM
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Posted By Michael J Murray
Re: Dog Dualists

Sorry for the delay here. First, it is not clear that there is a "god gene." For folks like Bloom, we have a cluster of mental tools which, as a matter of chance, dispose us towards...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2009, 08:10 PM
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Posted By Michael J Murray
Re: Science Saturday: God, Religion, and Weeping Statues

I think that the evidence consists of a variety of lines of argument which, taken in conjunction, make a strong theistic case. I will just mention a few of those lines in bullet point fashion (much...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2009, 05:07 PM
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Posted By Michael J Murray
Re: Science Saturday: God, Religion, and Weeping Statues

Doesn't ogieogie think that science has implications for domains outside of science? After all, that was the issue on the table: does the cognitive/evolutionary science of religion have implications...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2009, 05:03 PM
Replies: 53
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Posted By Michael J Murray
Re: Science Saturday: God, Religion, and Weeping Statues

Well, what would anyone think? I think the first thing we would think is "some very powerful and intentional agent is messing with the stars!" Given that I think I have very good reasons to accept...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2009, 04:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,318
Posted By Michael J Murray
Re: Do Dogs Pray?

A few scientists interested on the cognitive science of religion have taken up the question of non-human "religion" (Jesse Bering and Gordon Gallup in the Journal of Cognition and Culture volume 1,...
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